Clover Optimists honor students, law officers

From staff reportsJuly 5, 2013 

— The Clover Optimist Club recently recognized area law enforcement officers for their safety efforts and honored recipients of a local community service award.

Awards were presented to three law enforcement officers during the club’s May 14 dinner meeting. They are S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. M.J. Shank, noted for making many DUI arrests; Clover Police Officer Owen Kinley, a bike officer; and York County Sheriff’s Master Deputy Ray Feaster, resource officer at Clover Middle School.

The guest speaker, Betty Miller from the York County Solicitor’s Office, spoke about the experiences of law enforcement officers who protect the community.

The Myrna Kosko community service awards were presented May 28. The late Myrna Kosko, a former Clover Optimist Club member who was previously honored as Optimist of the Year, worked in the Clover school district and was part of the Junior Optimist Organization International.

The Palmetto Junior Optimist Club and the Clover Optimist Club have created a community service award to honor those who embody Kosko’s spirit, drive and dedication. The first honorees of the award are Billy Gallien and Kayla Squiggins, both students at Clover High School.

Gallien, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 37, has completed 109 hours of community service this year. He has been involved in the Clover High Interact Club, First United Methodist Church in Clover, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Order of the Confederate Rose.

Squiggins has completed 134 hours of community service. She is a member of the Clover ARP Church, volunteers in the Clover Recreation Department and is a member of the Interact Club. She assisted in two ministries in Sneedville, Tenn., which helps underprivileged children with a day camp.

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